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Designer Night Stands: Go to Bed with 6 of America's Coolest Architects and Furniture-Makers

NS051911_key_blog.jpgCurrently on view at Manhattan's Phillips de Pury gallery is "Pin-Up Nightstands" an exhibition created with Pin-Up Magazine consisting of 12 one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture created by some of America's most innovative artists, architects, and designers. United by purpose and scale but diverse in aesthetics and materials, each one plays with that most intimate of furnishings: the night stand. We chose our favorite six—from a 200-pound hunk of concrete to an S&M-inspired leather perch—and asked the men behind them to reveal what's on their own bedside tables. Check out their responses and works in the slideshow below.
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    Rafael de Cárdenas: "A stack of New Yorkers, earplugs, a hot water bottle, Advil PM, and Jonathan Olivares' new book A Taxonomy of Office Chairs."

    Above: Splatterpainted night stand with glass shelves by Rafael de Cárdenas with Evan Gruzis, www.architectureatlarge.com

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    Ben Aranda:"Actually I don't own a bedside table. Too bourgie for me. My design partner Chris Lasch and I are not interested in objects, so we initially thought of a design that balances on the forehead of whomever happens to be sleeping next to you. We called it a One Night Stand."

    Above: Zippered leather-and-vinyl Zip-Up night stand by Aranda\Lasch, www.arandalasch.com

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    Theo Richardson: "Currently on my night stand: old Prada glasses, a travel guide to Greece, an iPhone, taxi and Whole Foods receipts, and my Omega Speedmaster watch."

    Alexander Williams: "A pair of wire snippers, The Economist, knock-off clear RayBan sunglasses by Joyrich, and my exhibitor badge from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair."

    Charles Brill: "Change. Lots of change."

    Above: Steel-leather-and glass Babooshka night stand by Rich Brilliant Willing, www.richbrilliantwilling.com

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    Matt Olsen (left): "My night stand has way too many magazines and books on it. I often knock off my General Electric alarm clock while rummaging through the pile. Right now, the new issue of Purple magazine and In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichir Tanizaki are on top."

    Above: Plywood Mini-Ettore night stand by RO/LU, www.rolustudio.com

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    Leon Ransmeier: "I actually don't have a night stand. But if I did, I would keep a glass of filtered tap water on it, along with my vintage spectacles and whatever I'm reading. I just finished The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton. Highly recommended!"

    Above: Unfinished wood night stand with five-gallon water jug by Ransmeier Inc., www.ransmeier.com

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    Westley Rozen: "Collectively we have: A denture cup, a Bible, some old porn, melatonin, and under the bed, a Louisville Slugger. The wife has massage oil, a copy of Moby-Dick, a D-Cell Maglite, and a Glock 22 with a 29-round mag full of 155-grain Federal Cartridge Hydra-Shoks."

    Above: 200-pound carved concrete night stand by Situ Studio, www.situstudio.com

The Nightstands exhibit runs through May 24, 2011, at Phillips de Pury & Company, New York City; www.phillipsdepury.com

By Amy Prince

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